The Honors College actively encourages students to enrich their educational experience by studying away from campus.

There are many opportunities available for study abroad through the University of South Carolina. Short-term summer programs are a popular option, but, increasingly, students are studying abroad for a semester or a full-year. The Honors College sponsors a few USC faculty-led Maymester programs each year, with recent trips to England and India.

Our Honors College Beyond the Classroom requirement can be met by earning college credit for a study abroad program. A few additional Honors College elective requirements can be met by studying abroad for a semester or full year. 

Students who are interested in studying away should visit the current students page for upcoming trips and additional information.

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Recent Courses



Culture and Identity in the African Diaspora

Brazil (Salvador de Bahia)
Taught by Kim Simmons

This course analyzed the emergence of Afro-Brazilian and Afro-American identities, communities, and organizations in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.  Students also discussed the cultural construction of identities as it relates to issues of race, gender, and class as well as the concepts of peoplehood, migration, and defining social moments.  Students gained an in-depth understanding of Afro-Brazlian culture as they interacted with guest speakers on music and dance, visited an Afro-Brazilian museum, toured the Condomble House and Candomble Market, and a enjoyed a day-long excursion to a Quilombo.


Food, Sustainability, and Health-Comparison Between the U.S. and the Netherlands
The Netherlands (Multi-city)
Taught by Pearl Fernandes

This course provided students with an introduction to sustainable food production in the Netherlands and its impact on the country’s health.  Students learned about slow food, the “farm to table” concept, and organic food production and how these ideas have made their way from the Netherlands to South Carolina.  Students also received an in-depth cultural look at the Netherlands as they participated in lectures, visited organic farms, and toured historical sites and museums in both Amsterdam and Groningen.


The Literature of Scotland 
Scotland (Edinburgh)
Taught by Anthony Jarrells

This course gave students the opportunity to immerse themselves into the rich literary heritage of Scotland. Students explored the works of Robert Burns, Irvine Welsh, and J.K. Rowling as they traced the path of great literary tradition from the 18th century to the modern day. Students participated in lectures and discussions, visited important historical sites, and immersed themselves into the unique culture of Scotland. 


Tracing the Holocaust in Eastern Europe 
(Poland and Germany) 
Taught by Dr. Ted Rosengarten

Tracing the Holocaust in Eastern Europe attracted students who wanted to explore their own identities and family histories and also those who have no personal connection, but rather an intellectual interest in studying the mass murder of Jews by the Nazi regime under the cover of World War II. Participation in this course gave students access to resources in the field such as the death camps and killing grounds in Poland and planning centers of the "Final Solution" in Germany. We visited major sites of memorialization in both countries. Students were able to understand the Holocaust as a unique event in the history of the Jewish people, and as part of a plan to impose a vision of human selection on all the lands of Europe and across the world. 


Global Health in Belize
Belize (Belize City)
Taught by Pearl Fernandes

This program provided students with a global perspective of health care as they visited various health clinics and learned first-hand about the health care disparities among vulnerable populations.  Students gained critical organization, communication, and teamwork skills as well as improved cultural competency to prepare them for work in the medical and health fields.


Medical Care, History and Culture in the Netherlands
(Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Taught by Dr. Pearl Fernandes

In this travel course, students compared and contrasted the public health system in the United States with that of the Netherlands. The course touched upon culturally sensitive issues such as euthanasia and home birth, as well as global issues such as elderly care and children's health. 


Honors Student Profile: Rupert Hudson


For funding opportunities and other information, see Study Away Resources